• Jul 14, 2008
It sure ain't pretty, though beauty, in this case, is likely in the eye of the beholder. A few years back, a new take on the taxi was provided by Standard Taxi, a company based in Troy, Michigan. The design for the purpose-built people hauler uses GM running gear and is able to haul four passengers in relative comfort. We hadn't heard a peep from the company until today when we learned that Standard is now working on negotiations with AM General to build the vehicle in its plant in Mishawaka, Indiana, where AM General builds the Hummer H2 SUV and SUT. So far, no announcements have been made regarding whether or not the plant would continue working full-time in the face of lagging Hummer sales, though we imagine that plenty of excess capacity is available. According to AM General, the deal would in no way impact the assembly of military Hummer models.

We can't say whether a production version of the Standard Taxi would feature the pushrod 4.3-liter V6 that the concept had underhood, though there are plenty of options from the GM parts-bin from which to pilfer. A Standard Taxi equipped with GM's 2-Mode hybrid system could prove to be extremely well-suited for taxi duty in some of the world's toughest environments.

[Source: Hummer Guy]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      Big mistake basing it off anything to do with Hummer. I think they were thinking that taxis have to be build like military vehicles.

      Too big, even if a hybrid it will be out of sync with the market.

      They should just bit the bullet and use a design simliar to what England uses. Americanize it and go with that.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Wouldn't it make more economic sense to license the design of the London Taxi, configure it to run on a GM engine and tranny and build the taxis in the Indiana plant?
      • 6 Years Ago
      It's 'save the Hummer' day!

      At least they could've made it a monovolume, in the likes of the VW Transporter or Sharan, and improve both internal and external space usage.
      • 6 Years Ago
      You definitely have to give them credit for sticking to the idea of maximum interchangeability. It's not the best looking vehicle out there, but their design staff seems to be working on that. Given the task it's designed to do, I think it's a winner.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Alright, who found the stash of lego in the design office?
      • 6 Years Ago
      It looks like it was drawn on an Etch-a Sketch. By a 8yr old.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I didn't know they were offering a Ford Flex taxi package.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Come on this is joke right? Looks like a Lego car or something from Tata motors.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Form
        • 6 Years Ago
        Erm....


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      • 6 Years Ago
      As far as the exterior design is concerned, Standard Taxi's web site says that a new design is coming.
      • 6 Years Ago
      wicked ugly
      • 6 Years Ago
      This sucks, really sucks.
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